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Zealots can be non-religious too

There is much to take issue with in James Haught’s “Our country is ill-served by having zealots in high offices.” In the limited space allotted in a letter, I’ll leave aside the smeary boilerplate that combines multiple... — Updated 12/19/2019


Christmas lights brighten Cheney winter nights

A big thank you to all who put up holiday lights. At this time of year when the days are short, dark, cold and often dreary, as is so often the news, the cheerful brightness of the lights is a gift to the community. Thank you for... — Updated 12/19/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Bridges shouldn't have to sink to be replaced

Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced. However, at times that’s what it takes. Too often new projects succumb to years of fighting among interest groups and endless... — Updated 12/19/2019


Christmas enjoyment depends on the culture

Nigerian Christians celebrate Christmas in special ways. If possible, most return to the village of their ancestors, even those living abroad. Beginning early on Christmas day, goats are brought to slaughter and then the cooking... — Updated 12/19/2019


Thankful for Cheney's fluoridated water supply

In Spokane County, we have some of the best water around. As a community dentist, I had the opportunity to tour the Cheney water facility, located just three blocks from where I have served people at the CHAS dental clinic. What... — Updated 12/12/2019


Disappointed vote for 976 didn't change anything

How many years has Eastern Washington and Spokane county been paying higher license tab prices while the North South freeway has gone nowhere near being completed. Thankfully Eastern Washington is a dryer climate otherwise it... — Updated 12/12/2019 Full story


Take the time to contact your representatives

In times like these I think it is important for people to know how to contact their representatives and senators. Everyone has two state senators, and one district representative. One of the easiest ways to do this is use an... — Updated 12/12/2019


StageWest production is a holiday must see

Last weekend I had the distinct joy of attending StageWest’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” performed in live radio readers theatre style. Along with several seasoned StageWest actors, there were two actors making... — Updated 12/12/2019

 By JAMES A HAUGHT    Opinion

Our country is ill-served by having zealots in high offices

Back in 2003, in a top-secret international phone call, former President George W. Bush urged French President Jacques Chirac to join America in invading Iraq on grounds that Christian nations must thwart the Satanic forces of Gog... — Updated 12/12/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

On the division of Middle Earth

It seems life imitates art. In the big screen adaptation of the seminal Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien there is a scene where a council of the various inhabitants of... — Updated 12/12/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Income disparity makes capitalism work for all

I read an essay not too long ago that claimed income disparity as the biggest danger to our democracy. The author could just have easily said that the gap between the very rich and very poor is a near and present danger. I thought... — Updated 12/12/2019


Repeal use of force authorization and let Congress decide

Every year Nancy and I start vegetables indoors in little cups. Within a few months we take them outside to plant. We have gotten very good at nurturing our plants from sprouting to harvesting. And, come planting time, we love... — Updated 12/5/2019


What about our farmers, Mr. President?

Earlier this year, in the midst of a trade war with China, President Donald Trump announced a $16 billion agriculture bailout, telling Americans, via Twitter, the biggest beneficiaries would be “our great Patriot Farmers.... — Updated 12/5/2019

 By SHARON COLBY    Opinion

Trip brought concerns of military families to light

In early November, I had the unique opportunity of joining 22 Spokane civic leaders on a two-day tour of Air Mobility Command (AMC) at Scott Air Force Base, in Illinois. This event was a part of the Air Force Civic Leader Tour... — Updated 12/5/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Civility: starting at the beginning

We seem awash in political and moral polarization in the world today. Elected officials, sports figures and coaches, actors and other high-profile public figures are caught lying,... — Updated 12/5/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

The State of King - now that's a great idea

For more than a century, Eastern Washington has sought separate statehood. Proposals included the state of Lincoln, Columbia and Liberty. Now, there’s a different twist on... — Updated 12/5/2019

 By RHEA LANDHOLM    Opinion

Take the time to shop local this holiday season

Shopping at a locally-owned and operated business is truly a unique experience. The atmosphere surrounds you as soon as you step out of your car. Sometimes, holiday music flows through the main thoroughfares of your small town.... — Updated 11/27/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Americans are blessed in so many ways

In America, our Thanksgivings range from large family-gatherings to Good Samaritans volunteering in soup kitchens serving turkey dinners to the hungry. Now think about what it is li... — Updated 11/27/2019


President Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation

Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of... — Updated 11/27/2019


Democratic candidates need to present realistic policies that can defeat Trump in 2020

If the gutless Congressional Republicans thwart President Trump’s impeachment, then my Democratic presidential primary vote goes to the candidate most likely to defeat him. Jackie Robinson’s pre-election endorsement of Richard... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By ANDREW MOSS    Opinion

Raising the stakes against immigration detention

As the struggle for immigrant rights continues to be fought across America, new battlegrounds may come into view, and then fade from public attention. For many months, our border drew intense scrutiny, as family separations... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

It's time women's equality didn't need to be pointed out

The all-female space-walk was front page news for several days until it was replaced by a story about a female squadron commander at Fairchild Air Force Base. The reality of capable women shouldn’t be a news splash. The... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Title-only bills don't pass constitutional muster

The Washington Bankers Association has taken the mantle on an issue all state taxpayers should be outraged over — the Legislature’s use of title-only bills. In the waning days... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

'Title only' bills subject of banking industry lawsuit

OLYMPIA – Bankers are suing the state Legislature for enacting unlawful taxes under a “title only” bill. On Nov. 5, the Washington Bankers Association, represented by former... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Of civics and being Americans worth fighting for

At a recent high school assembly marking Veterans Day, keynote speaker retired Gen. Neal Sealock suggested that students be the “kind of American worth fighting for.” He defined... — Updated 11/14/2019


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